Delta State University maintains a federally certified Institutional Review Board which has been established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the University and other affiliated entities in the region. DSU IRB policies are extensions of the Belmont Report (1979) and the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46, also known as 45CFR46. Both of these documents can be found and downloaded from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). The federal regulations apply to “all research involving humans subjects conducted, supported, or otherwise subject to regulation by any federal department or agency.” However, DSU has adopted the federal regulations as its institutional policy and all human subject research, regardless of funding support, is subject to these regulations. IRB clearance must be obtained prior to the beginning of any research involving human subjects. Every researcher must have a current NIH certificate, which can be obtained by completing the certification process on the NIH Office of Extramural Research website at http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php.
DSU has adopted definitions of “research” and “human subjects” in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46 (45CFR46): Protection of Human Subjects. These definitions are as followed:
Research – a systemic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge
Human Subjects – living individual(s) about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.
Delta State University Federalwide Assurance (FWA) approval number: FWA00019186
For more information, contact:
Dr. Beverly M. Moon, IRB Chair
Kent Wyatt Hall Room 239, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4700 Fax: 662-846-4313